Things to do in Brighton

Brighton, a vibrant seaside city on the south coast of England, is renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, and large cultural, music and arts scene. A part of the city of Brighton and Hove, it has been a popular beach resort since the Georgian era when the Prince Regent (later King George IV) commissioned the Royal Pavilion, an exotic palace with Indian and Chinese architectural influences. Today, Brighton blends the modernity of its student population with traditional English seaside nostalgia.

The city’s inclusive and cosmopolitan vibe is palpable in its bustling streets lined with independent cafes, bars, and boutiques. The famous Brighton Pier offers entertainment for all ages with its amusement arcades, fairground attractions, and food stalls. Meanwhile, the pebbled Brighton Beach draws locals and tourists alike to its shores throughout the year. The Lanes and North Laine offer a warren of alleyways filled with antique stores, vintage shops, and unique eateries making Brighton a haven for shoppers and foodies.

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  • Brighton Palace Pier: A quintessential British seaside experience awaits at Brighton Palace Pier. Offering classic arcade games, thrill rides, and panoramic views of the English Channel, it’s a must-visit for families and fun-seekers.
  • The Royal Pavilion: An architectural marvel blending Indian exteriors with Chinese-inspired interiors. This historic palace was built as a seaside retreat for King George IV.
  • British Airways i360: Glide up gently to 138 meters in this futuristic glass viewing pod designed by Marks Barfield Architects offering breathtaking 360-degree views over Brighton & Hove.
  • Brighton Dome: Hosting over 600 events each year ranging from music concerts to comedy shows; it’s one of South East England’s premier venues for live entertainment.
  • North Laine: Dive into this bohemian quarter known for its eclectic mix of independent shops selling everything from vintage clothes to rare vinyl records.
  • The Lanes: Wander through these narrow alleyways filled with antique jewelry shops, boutique fashion stores, and quaint cafes housed in historic buildings.
  • Brighton Museum & Art Gallery: Explore exhibitions showcasing fine art, fashion & style through history alongside local heritage displays within the Royal Pavilion gardens.
  • Volks Electric Railway: Ride on Britain’s oldest electric railway running along Brighton seafront since 1883 offering scenic coastal views.
  • Rampion Offshore Wind Farm Visitor Centre: Learn about renewable energy through interactive exhibits at this centre dedicated to the UK’s first offshore wind farm off the Sussex coast.
  • SEA LIFE Brighton: Discover marine life from around the world in this underwater adventure featuring over 5,000 creatures including sharks and sea turtles.
  • Booth Museum of Natural History: Get up close to British birds’ eggs & bones alongside dinosaur fossils in this museum founded by Victorian naturalist Edward Booth.
  • Preston Manor: Step back in time at this charming historic house located on the outskirts of Brighton showcasing Edwardian life upstairs and downstairs.

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